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  • Next Brunswick County Mothers Against Drunk Driving meeting set for Thursday, Feb. 4

    I have been humbled, horrified, saddened and proud of the phone calls and e-mails that have come in since it was announced Brunswick County is putting together a chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving.

    Many who have called and written have been touched directly by drunk driving. Far too many have lost family members and friends. One person has even had the horrific experience of losing two loved ones in two DWI-related fatalities.

  • 'It only takes a can of peas to help'

    The news footage of the recent earthquake’s aftermath in Haiti is unlike anything most of us have ever seen.

    It’s not every day we turn on the news to see images of dead bodies lined up for miles along the side of the road.

    We don’t normally see doctors taking care of critically ill patients outside under a tent. And we certainly don’t see our homes, schools, businesses and buildings crumbled to the ground, possibly covering up bodies that could be alive or not.

  • There are calendar girls in Brunswick County

    I met a calendar girl this past weekend, and she wasn’t anything like I expected. She was friendly, down-to-earth and approachable.

    She also is a Brunswick County resident—along with more than a dozen other calendar girls.

    These ladies are all members of the Cape Fear Yacht Club in Southport. They recently collaborated to produce a calendar featuring themed photos of them for each of the 12 months.

  • If transparency becomes a partisan issue, why would anyone want to be on the other side?

    Here we go again.

    For a president who campaigned on transparency, things sure are murky around the Obama White House these days.

    After near constant campaign promises of increased transparency on all things White House-related—specifically healthcare reform—President Barack Obama has failed to make good on his promise.

    The House passed their behemoth healthcare reform bill in November, and then the Senate delivered the same on Christmas Eve.

    Then it was lights out on healthcare reform.

  • SOS weekend a unique scene for a murder mystery

    Dancing, carousing and celebrating a love of beach music are the main things associated with the Society of Stranders (SOS) weekend in North Myrtle Beach, S.C.

    The “Stranders” are fun-loving souls, dedicated to keeping beach music and the king of East Coast dances, the shag, alive and well. Their SOS weekends are all about fun and frivolity.

    But what if something unthinkable happened during an SOS event? What if, shagging with your BFFs at Fat Harold’s some night, you stumbled upon a grisly murder scene? What if you were wrongly suspected of the crime?

  • Study outlines DWI problems in Brunswick County; next step: a strategic plan

    There are a lot of misconceptions about who is drinking and driving in Brunswick County, Jayne Mathews, a member of the Brunswick’s Alcohol Fatality Committee (AFC), said Friday morning at a meeting of the Brunswick Resource Coalition.

  • Mystery still surrounds Bolivia plane crash more than 50 years later

    Brunswick County native Ouida Hewett was 26 years old when Brunswick County gained national attention.

    Hewett, who was living on Civietown Road in Supply on Jan. 6, 1960, was standing at the backdoor of her home, feeding her youngest son a baby bottle.

    She had just warmed the milk, added syrup and was shaking it up, when all of a sudden she heard a plane overhead.

    She opened the backdoor just in time to see an explosion that looked as if it were somewhere over Bolivia, or just south of it.

  • It should take more than a threat of a light dusting to close area schools

    Schoolchildren in Brunswick County were given an extra two hours to sleep in last Friday, as the district called a two-hour delay in preparation for the “light dusting” that might possibly fall overnight.

    A delay? Two hours? For a light dusting? Turns out, there was no such dust, and it was the warmest day we’ve seen in awhile, with temperatures marking the mid- to high-40s.

    Now I’m not from here—and I’m certainly not from the South—but it just doesn’t make sense why everyone is so afraid of a little snow.

  • Couple's kindness shows Northerners meaning of Southern hospitality

    Shirley Bemis and her husband Wayne moved to Bolivia a little more than a year ago.

    They left behind the cold northern weather of New Hampshire for the coast’s warmer temperatures.

    “We’re New Hampshire Yankees,” Shirley said, adding, “but we’re country people at heart, too.”

    Southern hospitality has been among the many things the Bemises have enjoyed since relocating to our milder temperatures, but a recent encounter at a local store truly warmed their hearts.

  • Beat the cold-weather blues with some comfort-tainment

    After dealing for the last two weeks or so with frosty windshields, keeping track of gloves and enough static in my hair to power the entire Beacon office, it’s hard for me to believe that in about six months, I will be complaining about the heat.

    Mid-July is when I usually break out my DVD of “Fargo,” where I enjoy watching the snow fall and secretly thank my lucky stars I’m not seven months pregnant in Brainerd, Minn., solving grisly murders in 15-below-zero weather.